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How to Sleep Better: Parents’ Guide to Healthy Sleep

In a survey done by Sleep Junkie, nearly 70 percent of the respondents were getting their recommended 7+ hours of sleep per night just prior to becoming parents. Fast forward to these same people having a baby — and only 10 percent of them were hitting that number of hours. In the first year of parenting, the majority of moms and dads were falling short of sleep by approximately three hours every night. And it’s not just parents of newborns who lose sleep. Everything from kids getting sick to dealing with teenage rebellion can mean sleepless nights for worried moms and dads.  Unavoidably, being a parent entails some sleepless nights. But is losing sleep really one of the sacrifices that parents have to make constantly?  Parenting is challenging enough as it is, and being sleep-deprived can only make it more difficult. To be happy and healthy, kids need happy and…

How To Deal With Postpartum Hair Loss

You’re so excited about your new baby, and currently enjoying adapting to life with your bundle of joy, and boom! You notice that a handful of your hair seems to come off anytime you shower, or run a comb through your beautiful locks. Not only that, you’ve even noticed it is the same shocking reality for the hair in other parts of your body. This is the beauty challenge every new mom around the world faces, so, don’t worry mama, you’re not alone in this. For the most part, experts say that postpartum hair loss is absolutely normal and temporary, even though it seems like you are creeping very close to baldness with each passing day. Hair loss after childbirth is called Postpartum hair loss, and it is just hair loss related to childbirth. It is caused by a quick hormonal shift, caused by a sharp drop in…

Why It’s Important to Be Kind to Yourself as a Parent

As parents, we often get so completely wrapped up in our children that we forget to be kind to ourselves. And sure, that’s completely understandable – but it leaves us feeling tired, overspent, and often inadequate.  Let’s explore why it’s so important to be kind to yourself as a parent and how to practice that kindness every day.  Improve Your Mental and Physical Health  Being kind to ourselves has been shown to improve both our physical and our mental health. At times of heightened stress, self-love is crucial. It’s what empowers us to cope better with the situation at hand.  On the other hand, when we think self-deprecating thoughts, we become the one thing standing between ourselves and contentment. Feel More Energized  Being overly critical of your actions, thoughts, or emotions drains your energy. As a parent, you will already have less energy available as usual. If you…

Learn About Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders and Treatment

A new parent’s first year is quite a ride. There are new experiences, new people, and new responsibilities. For many new moms, the experience is compounded by a number of new and unexpected symptoms, including new and frequent mood swings, irritability, and low energy. However, when do you know it’s normal, and it’s not a postpartum disorder? There are many misconceptions and myths surrounding postpartum psychiatric disorders. Many women have a difficult time accepting that they need to seek help with their symptoms. Others are frightened by the idea of medication, thinking they will turn into a zombie, lose their identity and ability to get things done. Others still think that once they have a baby, they will never be able to have a meaningful relationship again. Postpartum psychosis is the medical term for a condition that can affect some mothers after childbirth. It is a serious mental health issue…

6 Ways to Maintain Freedom as a New Mom

Although tiny humans are quite demanding, having a newborn doesn’t mean that you are locked down until they walk and talk! With a few lifestyle changes, you can get that breather you need to keep you from drowning your sorrows in chocolate covered everything! Don’t base what freedom is for you by the trends and fads of today’s motherhood world, either! You’ll end up thinking that your baby is a ball and chain and not a bundle of joy. Here are a few things to think about when working to regain or maintain your freedom: Let people help you! In these challenging times, this can be tough; however, if you HAVE help, USE IT! Those who are offering don’t see you as the burden that they think you are to them. Whether it’s uninterrupted shower time, a nap, or unaccompanied trip to the grocery store, take what they…

How To Take Care of Your Newborn Baby

Coming home, now what? The day has finally arrived to bring your sweet newborn home!  You have the nursery decorated and well stocked with diapers, wipes, and more adorable tiny clothes than your baby will likely manage to wear before he or she outgrows them.  You have read all the parenting books, made a million and one lists and checked them all off, and now you are ready to take care of your darling little baby.  So what exactly do you need to do to take care of a newborn?  I mean, they just eat, sleep, potty, repeat right??  While this is the basic description of a newborn’s activities, there is more you can do than just change diapers, feed, and burp them! Constant Care There are the obvious doctor appointments beginning as early as two or three days after you bring your baby home, immunizations if you are choosing…

9 Things First Time Moms Should Know About Newborns

Being a first-time mom can be both exciting and a little bit scary!  We have compiled a list of 9 things you will want to know about newborns before you give birth.  While this list won’t cover everything, it covers essential key points regarding personal and baby care. Umbilical Cords and Circumcisions Unless your newborn has to stay in the hospital for an extended time after birth, their umbilical cord will still be attached when you bring them home.  Caring for the still-attached umbilical cord is very easy.  Simply clean around the area with a soft cotton ball wet with rubbing alcohol, and be sure not to cover it with the diaper to avoid pulling on it as your newborn moves around.  It will fall off on its own when the time is right (usually anywhere between one and three weeks after birth).  If you choose to have your…

Simple Date Ideas For New Parents

As new parents, getting and having quality alone time is hard, and going on an actual date seems impossible.  Between feedings, diaper changes, snuggles, and your spouse’s work schedule, time becomes a rare and precious commodity and there is never enough of it.  In the early months of your baby’s new life, it’s the simple things that mean the most.  Here are a few ideas for simple dates to help keep you and your spouse connected during this hectic season of life. DATE AT HOME Whether you are taking turns getting up in the night or you are the one every time because the baby is nursing, sleep is interrupted, and it can leave you both feeling too tired to connect at the end of the day. If the desire is there, you don’t have to look very far to find time to plan a date. One great…

Postpartum Recovery First 3 Months

The day has finally arrived and you are holding your newborn baby for the first time!  Everything is a whirlwind from learning to feed your baby to the discharge instructions as you leave the hospital.  You get home, get settled in, and the next thing you know, it is the endless cycle of feed, change diaper, sleep, repeat.  You know that taking care of yourself is important too but it is SO hard when you are so tired and busy!  Believe it or not, every parent goes through some variation of this.  The important thing to remember is that while you may be feeling physically fine after a couple weeks, it actually takes months for our bodies to fully recover from giving birth!  However, the first 3 months are the time during which you will notice the most significant advances in your postpartum recovery as well as when you can…

Breastfeeding Nutrition: Why Eating Healthy is Vital to Your Breastfeeding Journey

Having a baby is one of the most joyous moments in a new mother’s life. Smelling that sweet newborn and providing the best nourishment for your baby through breastfeeding are some of the happiest times. The postpartum phase as a new mama can also be a time of stress and anxiety as you learn your newborn’s feeding cues and other important signs. All babies want to be cuddled and cared for. This also means as a new mama, you need to be in your best physical, emotional, and mental state to be able to best care for and nourish your new baby.  The proper nourishment in the postpartum period is so important- from positive affirmations to eating a healthy diet. As your body heals in this postpartum period, fueling your body with the best nutrients is essential.  Milk production requires an extra 250-500 calories per day in breastfeeding mothers. If…